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Peterhead RNLI Lifeboat Launches in response to an emergency distress signal

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Peterhead Tamar Lifeboat ‘The Misses Robertson of Kintail’ was requested to launch by UK Coastguard on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 3.21 pm with its volunteer crew, to search for a vessel in distress.

An alert had been received by a EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) signal received by UK Coastguard indicating a vessel in distress near Peterhead.

An EPIRB is a device fitted to most commercial vessels which manually or automatically sends out a distress signal to a satellite after an incident, which is then received by the UK Coastguard. No radio contact could be made with any casualty, so the lifeboat was tasked to do a radar, direction finding, and visual search for any vessel in distress.

The lifeboat carried out a successful search in the area east of the harbour for any vessel which may have been in distress, but no vessel was found. After the EPIRB signal was no longer being received, and no vessel was found to be in distress, the lifeboat was stood down at 4.30 pm. The lifeboat returned to its berth at 4.50 pm. The sea condition was calm, the wind was SSE force 3– 4 Knots and visibility was moderate to poor.

Peterhead Lifeboat is always interested to hear from anyone wishing to help save lives at sea by joining the fund raising team, or the crew. If you think you have some spare time to help raise funds to save lives at sea, or you have what it takes to be a member of the lifeboat crew, then please contact us at Peterhead lifeboat station on 01779 473331

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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